who were the founding fathers

1. There's not really a hard-and-fast list.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

2. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the 50th anniversary of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

3. Some of the Founding Fathers had unusual pets.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

4. Yes, George Washington wore dentures, but they weren't made of wood.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Library of Congress / Flickr

Your library is looking dusty. Sign up for The Archive's newsletter and download your FREE copy of the Memoir of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge – a man who lived one of the most remarkable lives of the American Revolution.

5. Among Benjamin Franklin's many inventions were bifocals and the lightning rod.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

6. Abigail Adams told her husband John to "remember the ladies."

Founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

7. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton had a longstanding feud, which finally erupted into a duel.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

8. Do you know why we call a signature a "John Hancock?"

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

9. While John Hancock's signature may be the most famous on the Declaration, it's not the most valuable.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

10. Though he was one of the most influential thinkers of the American Revolution, only six people attended the funeral of Thomas Paine in 1809.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

11. James Wilson was one of the first Justices of the Supreme Court—and the only one to ever be jailed.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

12. Francis Hopkinson once took credit for designing the United States flag.

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: iCollector

13. In addition to being a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush was the "father of American psychiatry."

founding fathers facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

14. Charles Carroll of Carrollton signed the Declaration of Independence and helped found the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

founding father facts
    camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Limited-Time Offer: Sign up for The Archive's newsletter and download your FREE copy of the Memoir of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge – a man who lived one of the most remarkable lives of the American Revolution.

Published on 18 Feb 2018